Success on the road again for the Fen Tigers
The ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers roared to another convincing away victory in front of excellent away support at Loomer Road last night.
Although missing Danny Halsey, the Fen Tigers had too much strength for the Stoke Potters and claimed eleven race winners throughout the evening.
Leading the way was a revitalised Ryan Kinsley who returned a massive paid seventeen from his six rides, while ‘Mr Entertainer’ Danny Ayres produced some highly charged racing, especially against Stoke No 1 Max Clegg, to return paid sixteen from his six rides.
The other Fen Tigers backed these two up as they all recorded at least one paid win to see the Fen Tigers always hold the upper hand.
Stoke managed to get within five points as they secured a 5-0 score in heat eleven – when both Josh Bailey and Sam Bebee fell and were excluded – but the Fen Tigers then produced their trademark big finish with three 5-1 scores in the final four heats to run out 53-36 victors.
Team Manager Phil Kirk was pleased with this latest victory. He said: "This was another fine performance especially considering we were missing Danny and then lost Josh for the final races.
"Thankfully Josh has reported nothing more than a little bruising and should be fine for next Sunday.
"The whole team is pulling their weight and everyone making valuable contributions in every meeting. Ryan was sensational tonight once again and is riding on a crest of a wave, his confidence is high and he is looking so stylish and quick.
"Danny gave, for me, his best performance of the season and closed out the meeting with two fine wins over Max Clegg in heats thirteen and fifteen.
"I am particularly impressed with how we are finishing meetings this season, we are really challenging the home side’s big guns and this is exactly what we wanted from the team.”
Meanwhile on Sunday, the Fen Tigers host Birmingham Brummies in the quarter final of the National League Knockout Cup.
The Fen Tigers narrowly missed out on Knockout Cup glory as they lost in last year's final to an Eastbourne Eagles side that secured three titles in a row – with Birmingham also tasting final defeat to them in the 2016 competition.
Pick up a copy of this week's Newmarket Journal or Bury Free Press for an interview with team favourite Drew Kemp as well as a preview ahead of this week's competitions.
Stoke 36 – Max Clegg 12 (5 rides), Rob Shuttleworth 8+1 (5), Tony Atkin 7 (4), Adam Extance 4+3 (4), Joe Alcock 3+1 (4), Paul Burnett 2 (4) and Josh Embleton 0 (4)
‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers 53 – Ryan Kinsley 16+1 (6 rides), Danny Ayres 15+1 (6), Drew Kemp 11+2 (7), Josh Bailey 5 (3), Sam Bebee 3+2 (4), Matt Marson 3+1 (4) and R/R Danny Halsey